Misa Sugiura's ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai and a stowaway. She is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels: the AALA Award-winning "It's Not Like It's a Secret," NYPL Best Book "This Time Will Be Different" and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard book "Love & Other Natural Disasters." Her middle-grade fantasy novels, "Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind" and its sequel, "Momo Arashima Breaks the Mirror of the Sun," were inspired by the gods and monsters of her parents' home country, Japan. Sugiura herself was born and raised in Chicagoland but eventually found her way to her true home in Northern California, where she lives and writes under a giant oak tree with her husband, two sons and a cat named Mouse. You can find her online at MisaSugiura.com.
Awards: Asian American Librarians Association Award for Literature
Communities: Asian American